Like most other cities in Virginia, the city of Bristol
is also an independent city of Virginia, which also acquires the status of a twin-city
because of its geographic location.
The Bristol City
is surrounded by the Washington county of Virginia and the Sullivan county of Tennessee and being a major metropolitan area is home to around 17, 367 people.The twin city of Tennessee joins its Virginia counterpart at the State street, which is also the main street of the city of Bristol
. The total land area of Bristol
is 33.4 square kilometers while 0.7 square kilometer of the total area is covered by water. The twin-cities of Bristol, however, enjoy independent identities and have different administration systems.
The common factor binding the twin-cities of Bristol
politically is the administrative set-up. While both fall into separate jurisdictions, they are both governed by a council-manager form of government. Both the cities have similar set-ups of Planning Commission, industrial development authorities and zone-wise ordinances. The part of bristol lying within the state of Virginia is lesser than the part lying within Tennessee. While, Bristol in Virginia has a total area of 13.3 square miles, the total area of Bristol
in Tennessee measures 24.7 square miles. Although, the city of Bristol
in Virginia is one of the least developed cities in terms of income, education and health care, it is one city where broadband technology is extremely developed, in fact, one of the best in the US. One factor, which has contributed to making Bristol a very popular city of the US, is its country music
which owes its origins to this place of Virginia.